DIY Bracelets with Vintage Fabric and Broken Jewelry

DIY Bracelets with Vintage Fabric and Broken Jewelry

As a general rule, bangles don’t usually fit me very well. My wrists are – quite literally – the only dainty part of my body. Which means, the average bangle bracelet just won’t stay on. I took a chance and tried on these plastic bracelets from the thrift store and was blown away at how well they fit! I didn’t care much for their appearance, but I knew I could transform them into DIY bracelets that fit my look much better.

Plastic bracelets from the thrift store to be upcycled with vintage fabric by Sadie Seasongoods

Since I love shabby chic inspired jewelry (similar to what Anthro used to carry many years ago), I decided to cover the plastic bracelets. And to do so, I’d use an old bed sheet (always a cheap source of vintage fabric) and a piece of broken jewelry from my stash.

Vintage fabric and broken jewelry that will be upcycled into the DIY bracelets by Sadie Seasongoods

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Transforming Thrift Store Jewelry into DIY Bracelets with Vintage Fabric

First, I first cut a long, narrow strip of vintage fabric from the bed sheet, approximately ½” wide.

To “shabify” the raw edges, I tightly held the top end of the strip between my left thumb and forefinger, and pulled the strip in short bursts with my right hand. Not only did it fray both edges at the same time, but it stretched out the vintage material a little..

Creating a long strip of vintage fabric to wrap around plastic bracelets or thrift store jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I used my hot glue gun to attach one end of the strip to the inside of a plastic bracelet.

Attaching the vintage fabric or vintage material to the DIY bracelets with hot glue by Sadie Seasongoods

I purposefully used hot glue because I wanted a firm hold, but not a permanent one. This way, if I get bored with this makeover at some point, I can undo it pretty easily.

Then, I proceeded to tightly wrap the vintage fabric around the plastic bracelet with a lot of overlap. After 6 or 7 wraps, I added another bead of hot glue to the inside of the bracelet. This ensured that the vintage fabric would stay in place and not slide around.

Wrapping the vintage material or vintage fabric around thrift store jewelry for DIY bracelets by Sadie Seasongoods

When I had completely covered the plastic bracelet, I hot glued the end on of the vintage fabric on the inside of the bangle. And just like that, the first of my DIY bracelets was done!

Thrift store jewelry that have been upcycled into DIY bracelets with vintage fabric by Sadie Seasongoods

Then, it was time to add some vintage rhinestones from the broken jewelry. I experimented a little with bits from the choker, hot glued to the fabric (in other words, non-permanently) and I’m not entirely sure I love it.

Adding the broken jewelry or vintage rhinestones to DIY bracelets that have been covered in vintage fabric by Sadie Seasongoods

But then again, just a hint of sparkle mixes things up! Now I just needed to finish the other DIY bracelets – probably WITHOUT vintage rhinestones.

DIY Bracelets with Vintage Fabric

I wrapped the other plastic bracelets with strips from the same vintage material but stopped there. I do love them with just the fabric- which is your favorite?

Transforming plastic bracelets from the thrift store with vintage fabric and rhinestones by Sadie Seasongoods

Either way, I LOVE the shabby chic feel of these DIY bracelets – and that they cost a LOT LESS than the store that inspired them. AND I can re-fashion them another time, whenever inspiration strikes.

Upcycling idea for thrift store bracelets or plastic bracelets that uses vintage fabric or vintage material by Sadie Seasongoods

The best part is that everything came from the thrift store! And sparkles or no sparkles, it’s a definite improvement over the original plastic.

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for DIY jewelry from a thrift store find, then you’ll love this fresh take on thrift store pearls!

How to upcycle a pearl necklace into boho jewelry or beach jewelry as pearl bracelet with hemp cord by Sadie Seasongoods

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  1. girlfromwva says

    what a wonderful bangle trio! i love the bling of the one with the choker but also the simplicity of the ones with just the sheet fabric! great way to make them your style!

  2. I think I really like the unadorned (as in no jewels) ones best. That vintage fabric is pretty enough all by itself, at least for me. Very nice!

  3. ashandcrafts says

    Hi! Stopping by from the Your Turn to Shine Link Party. These are super cute! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love these bangles! I’ve made a few myself but they were wider . . . . I really like the narrower ones, though, and those rhinestones are just perfect! The fabric is very “vintage-y” and shabby – great job! Thanks for sharing, Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

  5. Thank goodness for thrift stores! They leave us with much inspiration. Love these little bangles!

  6. Ok these are so cute and I love the sparkle! Rock it! I have to say I love your humor! You are so my kind of girl. Thanks for the laugh and the ideas!

  7. What a fun find! It is always so awesome to find a thrift store treasure and know immediately how you want to personalize it. Thank you for sharing with Idea Box link party! Can’t wait to see what you share next. Have a great weekend!

  8. Love these bangles. Very nice!

  9. Girl, you are so clever! How sweet for a Spring braclet! Have a great day 🙂

  10. Eeek!!! Those are SO cute! I love them as a trio, with just one “bedazzled”! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again this Friday! Feel free to bring a friend 🙂

  11. I so have some bangles that need a make over! What an awesome idea! I really appreciate you sharing your latest creation at Making Memories Mondays!

  12. So cute and clever! Can’t decide which I like best.

  13. I’ve made a warp bracelet with sari silk but using vintage fabric is such a cute idea.

  14. Love these, they turned out so cute and I say both!!!!

  15. Those are adorable! You are so creative!

  16. These are so beautiful!!

  17. Fun idea for refurbishing a bracelet into a fab fashion statement! Thanks for sharing this post at the #PureblogLove Link party! The party begins againThursday night at 8 p.m. We hope you plan to link up again. We’d love to see more of your fantastic ideas!

  18. Looks easy and fun…thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  19. Love this idea! It would be great for using up pretty scraps you don’t want to discard too. Thanks for sharing it at the party @DearCreatives hope to see you again this week. Pinned & shared.

  20. My favorite is the one with the bling! So irresistible…I want one! Don’t have a rhinestone choker that chokes — or even one who doesn’t. Sigh. Guess I’d better head out to the thrift store. Thanks so much for sharing at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link up.

  21. Lovely idea,thanks for linking on Inspiration Thursday.
    Would love to see more ideas.

  22. Hey Sarah,

    What a cute idea! You are quite creative. I don’t think I would have ever thought to do this project, but you pulled it off well!

    I found your post today on Grandma Ideas.

    Hope you have a blessed day~

  23. I love your shabby chic bangles!

  24. Love this idea! I would enjoy making different themed red, white and blue or Christmas ones. 🙂

  25. Such a CUTE idea!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my AMAZING Facebook Group with over 300 Members to share easy craft projects and recipes:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  26. this is so adorable! great for girls night get together craft time! thank you for sharing. Once we make them I’m sure to share!


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